Defend against the sick leave bug
Absence management is a challenge for all employers, with numerous potential pitfalls. There are various types of absence, but sickness absence is probably the most significant in terms of costs to employers. These costs include salary, overtime and temporary replacement expenses. It is also important to consider indirect costs, brought about by the drop in quality of service that sick leave can result in. By implementing mechanisms, costs can be reduced and a firm's overall profits can be maximised. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 2008 annual survey report on absence management states that on average sickness absence costs employers £666 per employee per annum, which equates to eight days per employee and 3.5% of an employee's working time.A report from People Count Law into absence in 90 law firms, published in November 2007, found that sickness absence in the legal sector was lower than the UK average, although the survey did not include absence levels for all types of employee.
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